December 11 2013 Latest news:
Friday, October 4, 2013
There’s no one quite like Grandma for a growing number of keen collectors of Giles memorabilia.
Bids are likely to be made from Britain and beyond when work by iconic Suffolk cartoonist Carl Giles goes under the hammer in Martlesham.
Cartoons and other collectibles by Giles, who is best known for his creation of Grandma the matriarch of her family, are becoming increasingly sought after.
On October 17 Lockdales auctioneers in Barrack Square will be staging one of the largest sales of his work and memorabilia.
Five of Giles’ original drawings will be on offer as well as a selection of the late artist’s annuals.
These include his first annual plus many of his Second World War publications.
Also on offer are the United States Forces editions, plus Giles’ jigsaw puzzles, mugs and tea towels.
James Sadler, the Lockdales auction manager, said: “There has been interest already from all over the world. Giles work is so popular.
“There is Giles memorabilia for everyone, both the investor and the collector, ranging from more than £1,000 for an item to £30.
“The work of the great cartoonist, rated the best of the last century, is catching the imagination more than ever.
“We are delighted to be taking a big interest in the work of an iconic artist of our region, and indeed the world.
“Over the past two years more and more Giles work has come to us. It started with a smallish amount, and amounts have got bigger and bigger.
“It really has snowballed.”
Giles, who died in 1995 at the age of 78, lived and worked in Tuddenham.
He left school, aged 14 and began work as an animator.
Giles was one of the chief contributors to The Fox Hunt, the first animated British colour cartoon with sound.
In October 1937, he went to work for Reynolds News.
In 1943 Giles joined the Express newspaper group, working on the Daily Express and contributing a cartoon each week to the Sunday Express.
Giles became best known for his Express ‘family’, especially the vast, dominant figure of Grandma, perpetually clothed in black and exuding an aura of self-satisfied menace.
A statue of Grandma is located at Giles Circus at the junction of Queen Street, Princes Street and the Buttermarket in Ipswich.